Plays and events
kickin' the clouds away: The new show features six performers in a fun-filled look at the 1920s and '30s through music, dance and song. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sunday, through March 29, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $19-$31. Call 488-2902.
the nerd: Doug Rowe directs the comedy by Larry Shue about a visitor who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 26, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 through April 5. Tickets for the rest of the run are $20 for adults and $12 for students and are available at the door. Call 482-2334.
shenandoah: Livia Genise directs the musical with music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell and book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose. A strong-willed Virginia farmer tries to keep his family neutral during the Civil War. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 12, at Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2. Tickets are available online at CamelotTheatre.org, by phone or at the theater. Call 535-5250.
The servant of two masters: Tracy Young directs an adaptation by Young and Oded Gross of Carlo Goldini's farce about the servant Truffaldino who attends to two masters without either of them knowing about the other. March 28 through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy that follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
death and the king's horseman: Chuck Smith directs Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka's African tragedy set against the backdrop of a colonial mindset and a vibrant, mystical culture in peril. Through July 5, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
the music man: Bill Rauch directs the musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, under the guise of teaching music to the children, while actually planning to bilk their parents. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
dead man's cell phone: Christopher Liam Moore directs Sarah Ruhl's funny film-noir odyssey that begins when a man dies at a restaurant. When his cell phone keeps ringing, the woman at the next table answers it. Through June 19, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
Thursday, March 26
harmony singing: Northern Harmony and the Eastern European women's ensemble Samovila will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Ashland Community Center, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. Northern Harmony Quartet also will present a workshop in world harmony styles for any interested singers from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the center. Admission to either event is $15 at the door and $12 in advance. Call 482-1429.
middle eastern music: A concert titled "Desert Roots" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185, N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Yuval Ron, Dror Sinai and Eliyahu Sills will present music, stories and poetry from the Middle East and North Africa. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in Ashland. Call 488-7716.
Sunday, March 29
benefit concert: Sarah Jane Nelson and Hawkeye Herman will present an evening of acoustic blues, country, gospel, and a little rock-and-roll from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Ashland United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concert is a benefit for the Ashland UCC Good Samaritan Fund for Needy People in our community. Tickets are $15 and are available at Paddington Station or The Music Coop in Ashland.
french music: The ensemble PianoVoce presents a recital of French music for piano, voice and saxophone at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland. Annette Gurnée Hull and Nancy Correll are the pianists, Kevin Sharkey, tenor, and Virginia Ryder will be playing saxophone.
choir concert: The Voices of the Applegate, a choir of 37 singers under the direction of David Marston, will present "Spring in the Applegate" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Applegate Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate. The concert is free. Call 846-0750.
Thursday, April 2
choir concert: There will be a Choral Festival featuring Jackson County School District 6 students at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Participating in the evening's performance will be the district's five elementary schools, its two middle schools, as well as Central Point's Crater High School. The directors include the district's seven choral and music teachers.
Friday, April 3
dance brazil: Craterian Performances will present an evening of high-energy dance performance at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Dance Brazil offers a fusion of traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance, modern choreography and capoeira. Tickets are $23-$38. Call 779-3000.
choir concert: Music at St. Mark's will present the Worcester Cathedral Choir, from Worcester, England, directed by Adrian Lucas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the church, at 426 W. Sixth St., Medford. This Choir of 16 boys and 12 men will sing a program of music for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. The concert is free and a reception will follow. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Call 858-8037.
Saturday, April 4
wake the dead: Wake The Dead, the world's first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. This Northern California septet blends Celtic traditional music and the songs of the Grateful Dead. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 471-1316.
old time fiddlers: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Roxy Ann Grange, 1850 Spring St. Medford. The public is welcome to listen and dance and acoustic musicians of all ages are invited to sign up to play. Admission is by donation. Call 840-2156.
peace choir: The Rogue Valley Peace Choir directed by Dave Marston with piano accompaniment by Jennifer Schloming will perform a benefit concert for the Havurah at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The Rogue Valley Children's Peace Choir, also lead by Marston, will open the evening. Tickets are $2-$18 sliding scale and are available in the Havurah office or at the door. Call 488-7716.
beth baker: The singer will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at the Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Baker's program will be an American music showcase featuring songs from Broadway, jazz, blues, ballads and gospel. The concert is a benefit for Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Tickets are $15-$23. See craterian.org or call 779-3000.
trombone concert: Trombone soloist, recitalist, and performance artist Abbie Conant will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in the Music Recital Hall of Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Featured in the concert will be "Music for the End of Time," written for trombone and quadraphonic tape by William Osborne and based on the Book of Revelation. Tickets are $15 general admission and students will be admitted free. Tickets and season passes are available at the SOU Music box office or by calling 552-6101.